VIDEO: David Burke’s Skate Wing Chops

Potluck Video caught up with chef David Burke to learn more about his professional path and to share a recipe inspired by his road to New York culinary stardom.

It’s hard to imagine Chef David Burke getting inspiration from a turkey club, but when the whimsical chef got his start, it was “a beautiful dish to me.”

In our Inspired Recipes series we talk to chefs about how they got their start, and the David Burke Townhouse chef’s beginnings were not cultivated in a glamorous setting. “I started cooking as a teenager,” Burke said. “I didn’t cook as a kid, I didn’t have an Italian family… Food was not an event at our house. It was a necessity.” But he did get a start as a dishwasher and moved his way up through some casual kitchens in New Jersey before finally getting a break from a manager at his local country club. “He taught me everything,” Burke remembered, “about butchering and working on the line and making meat and showing up.”

To hear more about Burke’s path and to learn a recipe for skate wing piccata, watch the video above.

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Ali Rosen is the Founder and Host of Potluck Video, a site for food, drink and travel videos. Prior to Potluck Video, Ali created The Daily Meal Video Network for TheDailyMeal.com. In this role she hosted, shot and edited over 900 videos including the series 'At the Chef's Table,' featuring in-depth interviews with chefs including Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Rene Redzepi. Prior to The Daily Meal, Ali was an on-air reporter for NY1 and worked in production at NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. She is originally from Charleston, SC but now calls New York home with her husband Daniel and dog Phoebe.